Obituaries June 9, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Alvin Welch Sr.
GOLDEN – Alvin Nelson Welch Sr., 73, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at his residence.
Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at his home. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont assisted the family.

Catherine LeQuia
AMORY – Catherine LeQuia, 88, died on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Walter Morrison
BOONEVILLE – Walter Morrison, 81, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Longwood Nursing Home. Arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Marty Thomas
TUPELO – Martin “Marty” Lynn Thomas, 41, died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 1, 1972, in Union County to Rickey Joe Thomas and Wanda Kay Hamblin Rollins. He was a 1990 graduate of East Union High School and continued to further his education at Northeast Community College and Itawamba Community College. He lived the past 15 years in Tupelo, working for United Wholesale Florist and Barclay Furniture, and the past 10 years as a server at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant. He enjoyed his quiet time, had a great sense of humor, and had a legendary sweet smile. He was a supportive volunteer of the Downtown Tupelo Association and was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church-Invitation Service. He was passionate about the Helping Hands ministry and worked as a volunteer.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m., Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Curtis, the Rev. Lynn Mote and the Rev. Reagan Miskelly officiating. Entombment will follow in the Church Columbarium. A time of reflection and fellowship will follow in the Gathering Room. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his mom and dad, Ron and Kay Hamblin Rollins of Saltillo; his father, Rickey Joe Thomas (Mary) of Keownville Community; his companion, Craig Helmuth of Tupelo; one sister, Christy Morgan (Grant) of Guntown and one brother, Michael Taylor (Debbie) of Guntown; grandmother, Lorene Rollins of Aberdeen; special aunts, Hattie Pearl Pettigrew of Plantersville and Yvonne Tuck of Southaven; special cousins, David, Angela and Brittany Parks of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John Grant; grandparents, Francis and Evelyn Hamblin, Corbert and Dessie Thomas, and Grady Rollins; and an aunt, Linda Hamblin.
Honorary pallbearers will be fellow associates at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant and the Tupelo Downtown Association staff and volunteers.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, Helping Hands, P.O. Box 432, Tupelo, MS 38802 or the charity of your choice.
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Venida Hatfield
BOONEVILLE – Venida Jones Hatfield, 61, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at her home. She was born May 1, 1952, in Kennett, Mo., to Cecil and Violet Christene Brake Jones. She was a homemaker, a Piggly Wiggly employee and a Baptist. She enjoyed reading, music, and tending her flower garden. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Hall officiating. Cremation will follow.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Danny Joe Hatfield; two daughters, Joy Hatfield Goldman and Jodi Hatfield Davis (Josh), all of Booneville; three brothers, Johnny Long (Laura) of Indiana, Dale Carr (Diane) of Michigan and Eddie Carr of Mississippi; four sisters, Idola Harrell of Michigan, Doris Frye of Texas, Violetta Holloway and Maggie Philpot of Mississippi; four grandchildren, Joshua Goldman, Jada Goldman, Brannon Davis and Braden Davis; a sister-in-law, Debbie Carr; and a brother-in-law, David Hatfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Nellie Sue D’Kane and Mary Roberts; her stepfather, Edra C. Carr.
Honorary pallbearers are Richey Hatfield, Chad Hatfield, Jason Carr, John Goldman, Josh Davis and Robert Stennett, and Logan Kesler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174-1817.

Phyllis Dreher
WEST POINT – Phyllis J. Dreher, 83, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Aurora Health and Rehabilitation in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Freddie Howell
AMORY – Freddie J. Howell Sr., 96, died on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Visitation is noon to 1:50 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Complete arrangements will be announced later by E. E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
Jerry Chaney
AMORY – Jerry F. Chaney, 62, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 2, 1951, to Lee Irvin Chaney and Laverne Bullock Worley. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he attended Amory High School and was of the Baptist faith. A very outgoing and talkative person, he never met a stranger and had numerous friends who he enjoyed visiting with. He was a self-employed painter and carpenter. With family being the center of his life, He enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed riding horses, motorcycles, playing sports with his kids, playing with his dogs and listening to country music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Justin Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by his fiancé, Trudy Taylor; stepfather, Buddy Worley of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Laura Nantz (Tim) of Parham Community; son, Jeff Chaney (Misti) of Quincy; sister, Phyllis Hall of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Phillip Worley (Carolyn) of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Tiffanie, Timmie, Dalton and Dayton Nantz, Brandon, Kyle and Clayton Chaney, Chance McNeese and four special grandchildren; great-grandson, Easton Blake Thompson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant sons; and a brother, Lee J. Chaney.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Pounds, James Meredith, Danny Burns, Ricky Johnston, Bobby Harlow, and Donnie Manasco.
Donations may be given to help with funeral costs.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Ruth Keranen
HOUSTON – Ruth Ann Stafford Keranen, 67, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 27, 1945, in Houston, to Lemuel Hackney Stafford and Ruth Pannell Stafford. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Dr. Randy Rinehart officiating.
Survivors include her son, Stacy Shawn Keranen (Michelle) of Houston; stepdaughter, Kathy Keranen of Okla.; stepson, Emil Keranen Jr. of Okla.; grandchildren, Preston Keranen and Brittnee Jaggars Keranen, both of Houston; sisters, Barbara (John) Carley of Redding, Calif., and Linda Ferguson of Gulf Port; and her brother, Frankie Stafford of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Ann Marie Cole and Eugene Cole; husband, Emil E. Keranen; sister, Darlene Kellum; and brother, Eddie Dale Blansett.
Honorary pallbearers are Preston Keranen, Chris Blansett, Charles Stafford, Scott Kellum, Cyrus Carney and Shane Stafford.
Visitation is noon until service today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at

Delilah Walker
IUKA – Delilah Hughes Walker, 93, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
Visitation is 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Fund.
An online guest book can be accessed at
Louis Kendrick
PORTALES, N.M. – Louis “Poppi” Kendrick, 86, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in Portales, N.M. He was born July 30, 1926, in Gattman, to Cora Lee (Posey) and Luther Green Kendrick. He grew up in Becker. He left school before graduation to join the U.S. Navy in September 1944. He served as a ship’s cook aboard LSM 480 (Landing Ship Medium) in the South Pacific. After the invasion of Okinawa began, they would unload cargo and take on wounded soldiers to transport them to the hospital ships anchored further out. He was discharged on Feb. 26, 1947, and enlisted in the Army the very next day and again served as a cook. At the close of his Army service he enlisted in the Air Force and was released in 1949 at the rank of captain. He was very proud of his time of service and of being a veteran of three branches of the military. He was a longtime member of the VFW.
He married Bobbie Groseclose on Feb 8, 1948, in Roswell, N.M. For several years he sold insurance and worked in construction with other family members doing drywall and painting. In 1965, he was employed as a diesel mechanic for Sunbeam Bakery in Roswell, where he worked until 1979. He retired in 1994 and moved to Portales to make their home. That served as home base for the next seven years while they worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at their campgrounds on the Tom Bigbee Waterway in Mississippi as gate attendants. He was able to be with his wife and also hunt and fish when he wanted. He had always loved going camping and that became his favorite job of all time. While living in Roswell, he was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales, N.M., with the Rev. Jack Ferguson officiating.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Linda Kendrick of Dallas, Texas, and Ron and Sarann Kendrick of Round Rock, Texas; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Peggy Kendrick of Roswell, N.M., Patsy and Ted Schwochow of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Pam and Terry Stevens and Becky and Wylie Flen, all of Portales, N.M.; 14 grandchildren, Rob (Rebekah) Kendrick, Clint Kendrick, Shannon Farley, Kelly (Eric) Wilson, Chris (Sarah) Bradley, Heather Schwochow, Tara (Dwayne) Meyer, Carlee (Jeremy) Gonzales, Lane Stevens, Shelby Stevens, Colton Stevens, Brandon (Melissa) Flen, Amy (Darrin) Stroik and Kerri (David) Brown; sister, Afton Jones of Amory; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Thurston, Laymon, Ruben, Rubel and Frank Kendrick; four sisters, his twin sister, Lois Williams, Sue Cowan, Tema Hood and Janet Alward; daughter, Marilyn Kendrick, who died Jan. 31, 2010; grandson, Robert Steven Farley; and by his beloved wife, Bobbie, who died Feb. 4, 2007, just three days short of their 59th anniversary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. (575) 356-4455,

Otis Allen
NEW ALBANY – Lee Otis Allen, 97, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. He was born Dec. 9, 1916, in Cherry Valle, Ark. He was a retired carpenter. He was a member of West Ingomar Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoyed gospel music.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Bro. Cliff Jeter officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
He is survived by son, Sammie Allen (Ann) of Fountain, Colo.; sister, Elizabeth Roper of Southaven; brother, J.W. Allen (Louise) of Myrtle; two grandchildren, Tim Allen (Terri) and Lee Allen, both of Fountain, Colo.; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Luther and Dollie Cook of Ingomar.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Earlene Williams Allen; his parents, Walter and Ana Lou Hopper Allen; four brothers, Charlie, Eugene, Therman and Travis; and three sisters, Odena Roper, Sally Williams and Eunice Cooper.
The family request memorials be made to West Ingomar Church of Lord Jesus Christ or charity of donor’s choice.
Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit
Earlene Parker
VARDAMAN – Earlene Pettit Parker, 81, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Choctaw County Nursing Home in Ackerman. She was retired from Kellwood Company and a member of New Liberty Baptist Church.
Service is at 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at New Liberty Baptist Church. Burial is at New Liberty Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Parker Scott (Bill) of Ackerman; sister, Virginia Pettit Cheatham (Randy) of Philadelphia; two grandchildren, Andrea Scott and Scotty Scott of Ackerman; and two great-grandchildren, Nacona and Tristan Scott.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hosea Parker; parents, Buie Thomas Pettit and Vera Elizabeth Higginbotham Pettit; two sisters, Elizabeth Mitchell and Pauline Skinner; and two brothers, Lee and Thomas Pettit.
Pallbearers are Scott Bounds, Chris Cheatham, Cody Cheatham, Terry Posey, Nacona Scott, Brad Spencer, Keith Spencer and Anthony Stroup. Honorary pallbearers are Scotty Scott and Billy Wayne Spencer.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences, visit

Johnny McCauley
SALTILLO – Johnny L. McCauley, 69, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 22, 1944, to Harry and Annie Gunter McCauley. He was a member, deacon and assistant music leader at Barnes Crossing Baptist Church. He was a retired medical assistant for the U.S. Air force with 22 years of service. He was a Vietnam Veteran and received several service awards during his career. He was a 1986 dean’s list graduate of Mississippi University for Women. He worked at Dyncorp after graduation. He enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels, singing bass and spending time with his granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial is in the Jericho Cemetery.
Survivors include wife Brenda Hall McCauley of Saltillo; son, Gregory McCauley of Arizona; granddaughter, Shanna McCarley of Saltillo; brothers, Freddie McCauley (Sharon) of Bentonville, Ark., and Danny McCauley (Lisa) of Guntown; and special friend, Gardner Gober (Cheryl).
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty McAlister; and brother Jimmy McCauley.
Pallbearers are Neal Mauney, Hannon Ray, Ray Reeves, Ronnie Blythe, Dale Blythe and Brad Carter. Honorary pallbearers are T.W. Muse and Sonny Sanford.
Visitation is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Ruby Tubbs
FULTON – Ruby Mae Tubbs, 88, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born on June 18, 1924, to William G. Bellew and Mary Langston. She retired from Emerson Electric as an assembly line worker. She was a faithful member of West Tallahatchie Baptist Church in Myrtle. She lived her life to its fullest and truly loved her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter and was looking forward to the birth of her great-grandson in July. She loved to cook, was an avid flower gardener and a wonderful caregiver to all.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery in Etta, with the Rev. Bobby Casteel officiating.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Lee Tubbs Parker of Beatrice, Neb.; son, William Robert Tubbs (Peggy) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Chad Tubbs, (Mandi), Joseph Tubbs, (Jessica), Lisa Kenner (Chris) and Becky Duncan, (Drew Clay); and one great-grandchild, Taylor Marie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Farrest Tubbs.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to West Tallahatchie Baptist Church, 1916 State Road 30W, Myrtle, MS 38650.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit or call (662) 234-7971.
Gerry Austin
BURNSVILLE – Gerry W. “Doc” Austin, 63, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at his residence. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ where he served as song leader. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served from April 1969 through March 1980. He was formerly employed at Plumrose in Booneville and was currently employed at Caterpillar in Corinth. He enjoyed camping, lawn and garden work and music. He also loved watching his grandsons play sports and perform.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and officiated by Craig Chandler, Mike Edwards and Rick Fields. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Austin of Burnsville; two sons, Chris Austin (Sabrina) and Heath Whitaker (Alisha), all of Iuka; one brother, James Rufus Austin (Barbara) of Burnsville; one sister, Peggy Burcham of Burnsville; and five grandchildren, Justin Austin, Tyler Austin, Brandon Austin, Tanner Whitaker and Brady Whitaker, all of Iuka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Powell and Ruby Jane Lynch Austin; and a sister, Janice Nell Austin Hardwick.
Pallbearers are Joe Carmack, Lloyd Burcham, Shannon Seaton, Tommy Bonds, Robert Davis, Ronald Seaton, Waylon Phifer and Howard South. Honorary pallbearers include the members of the American Legion Post 15 in Iuka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling (800) ACS-2345; or online at
An online guestbook can be accessed at Stembridge
TUPELO – Reona Mae Stembridge, 92, died June 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 2, 1921, to Noble and Lillie Mize Cheek. She was a longtime member of the St. Mark United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the Choir and being a member of the JOY group. She was a retired seamstress and beautician. She enjoyed being evolved with Meals on Wheels.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Mark United Methodist Church with Bro. Don McCain officiating.
Survivors include daughter, Barbara Pannell (Terry) of Birmingham Ridge; grandchildren, Sandy Landreth Linwood, Christopher Pannell (Kim), Heather Palmer (Trevor) and Amanda Robinson (Mike); step-grandchild, Caitlyn Fricks; great-grandchildren, Larkin Landreth, Kyle Palmer, Jennifer Duke (David), Will Palmer, Worth Robinson, Meg Palmer, Harley Robinson and Lilly Robinson; great-great-grandchildren, Daniel and Alexander and a number of stepchildren and step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Plummer and Clyde Stembridge; her parents; sisters, Minnie Griffin, Coy Montgomery, Earlene Bullock and Vance Roberts; two infant brothers; and one infant sister.
Memorials may be made to St Mark United Methodist Church 175 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804.

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